Well, I am busy preparing for the 3 craft sales that I'm doing in the next 10 days, but I needed a break to think about something different. So this blog post is brought to you by the Strip Piecers Quilting Retreat that was held recently. My quilting group went to this cabin again, and it's just the right size for us.
There were seven of us, and we set up 5 tables downstairs and two in the loft. I'm still working on my batik quilt, but I'm making good progress. I know I started it almost 4 years ago, but to be fair, I started and finished this one for daughter S and this one for daughter C in between, and also finished this one. It's always the case that things you make for yourself get pushed aside for others.
My task for the weekend was to get all those blocks sewn together to finish the quilt top. And I did succeed! Here it is (ignore those white squares--they were just keeping my blocks in the right order before they were sewn together):
I have one more border to sew around the entire top, and then the top will be done! The end is near...
I wasn't the only one working on older projects there. Karen was working on her There's a Square in There Quilt. Love those yellow quilting gloves!
And Janice was making progress on her snowflake window quilt:
New projects included Audrey's quilts for her granddaughters:
Kathy's placemats for a fundraising event:
Brenda's geometric placemats:
And Cheryl's pieced triangles and diamonds (love those colours!):
It was a great weekend getaway, even if the power went out on Saturday night due to a snowstorm, and the highway was closed the next day until early afternoon when we were set to leave! The camp manager assured us that we could stay an extra night if we needed and nobody would have refused that offer if we couldn't get home!
Wednesday, 27 November 2013
Friday, 22 November 2013
Only one week left until one of the best craft sales of the season! I hope you'll join me next Saturday, November 30, at the Winnipeg Centre Vineyard Christmas Craft Sale. As expected, there is going to be a great lineup of artisans selling their wares--for a preview of what you'll find, click here. There is a $2 admission, but all proceeds go towards supporting a Women's Co-op in the Himalayas.
Thursday, 21 November 2013
It's been quiet around here as I prepare for a few more craft sales before Christmas. I've been binding books like crazy, including more gameboard journals. You can find my gameboard journals for sale here.
Monday, 11 November 2013
Here's a new fun colourway of coiled items! I used a navy plaid fabric that I had originally bought to make a shirt-dress years ago. I loved that dress, but it's long gone, and only a few fabric scraps remained. But they were enough to sew up a few new items. I love how the plaid looks in these items!
Sunday, 10 November 2013
I've been busy making a stack of new map travel journals for the next craft sales I'm doing. And I'm getting them listed in my shop as I have time. Send me a message if you are interested in a particular country!
Monday, 4 November 2013
Aren't these miniature books so sweet? They are the result of an afternoon with Bookie friends taking some time to play together.
My friend Nicole received this little book as a gift. It came all the way from Estonia. She was inspired to figure out how it was constructed and then shared the how-to with several friends.
Nicole's prototype used a piece of painted canvas, repurposed from one of her father's paintings (don't worry, she says she has more than enough of his paintings intact still). We called the stitching pattern the zig-zig-zag-zag, and you had to zig twice before you could zag, or it didn't work out!
It was a fun little book structure and I have lots of ideas to make more of these soon!
Sunday, 3 November 2013
It seems you can't go to a handmade/vintage sale these days without spotting a few WESTies (Winnipeg Etsy Street Team members) too. It's nice to be in such fine company at sales like this! Here's who I spotted (and my apologies if there are any WESTies who were there that I didn't meet):
|Lisa of Bitchin' Kitsch 'n' Kitchen|
|Andee of Sew Dandee|
|Patti of Wildwood Rose Vintage|
|Dayle of Vintage Bling|
|Teri of Lace & Pearl Vintage|
|Susana of Says the Stone|
|Paulo of onceupontime13, but selling a different product line today|
Tuesday, 29 October 2013
I started this shawl back in February, using this pattern from Ravelry. I set it aside to a few times to finish my rug and do a few craft sales and other things. I finally finished it in July but neglected to post the finished picks until now.
I knit it entirely with scraps that I had on hand, and it seems like I hardly made a dent in the box!
It's going to be nice and cozy to wrap myself up in, especially since some of those white flakes have been seen in the air already! Now what else should I do with those scraps?